Christ the King North Rocks Newsletter

Term 3 Week 6: Friday 20th August 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Late yesterday I was invited to write a short piece for the Hills Shire Local newspaper which I thought I would share with the community today. They requested a response around how has lockdown impacted on our learning and what advice we had provided to our students and parents. The second request revolved around a message as a Principal I would like to send to my community.   

After six weeks into lockdown and online learning at Christ the King our students are into a routine for their school day at home. Our students have been encouraged to establish a learning space where they can work and take part in their zoom sessions with their teachers. Establishing a daily work routine and following a timetable each day has contributed to a positive and worthwhile online learning experience. Our students have got themselves into the habit of  beginning the day with a zoom meeting, responding to  feedback and corresponding with their teachers through google classroom. Learning through online workshops and participating in weekly wellbeing theme days has  made remote learning easier and enjoyable at the end of each week.

My message to my students, staff and families is one of thanks and congratulations for how our school community collectively have contributed to successfully adapting to working from home online. To all members of CTK, you should be commended for your commitment, patience and enthusiasm for taking “head on” the online working platform for the second time in eighteen months. I encourage you all to make the best of a difficult but manageable situation we are all encountering. Believe in yourselves and your own ability, follow the directions of your teachers and parents and do the very best you can . When this is all over we will be better people for the experience!

Thanks To everyone this morning who joined our online liturgy to celebrate the feast  of The Assumption. It was great to see so many families come together as a Catholic community in prayer to pray together during these challenging times. Thanks to our Year 1 and Year 2 students and teachers for their contributions to the liturgy and a special thanks to Mrs Wynne for co-ordinating it. 

At the beginning of the week each family was issued with a feedback survey for each grade their children are in. We are keen to receive any feedback on the online learning processes that are currently in place. It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete the survey by close of business today. Thank you.

With the NSW Government announcing strengthened ‘stay-at-home’ orders, and with the safety of our community as our top priority, I again ask you to please do everything possible to keep your children at home as there is an added risk for your children when they attend school and come into contact with others outside their immediate family. Supervision will continue to be provided at school only for the families who need this support - essential workers, vulnerable students, or those who are not at home and have no other supervision options. There continues to be minimal staff onsite.

Stay Healthy and Safe

Tony Hughes


Something to ponder

Got a problem you're not sure about, see if the homily this weekend has the answer

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Dates for your diary

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Term 3      Monday,      12th July                to      Friday, 17th September

Term 4      Tuesday,      5th October          to      Friday, 17th December

Other School News

Zoom Prayer Liturgy

Today we gathered as a school community to commemorate the Feast of the Assumption. 

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the entry of Mary into heaven, body and soul.

Thank you to all who joined us and to Year 1 and Year 2 for leading us so beautifully in prayer this morning.

Keep in our prayers, the People of Afghanistan

This week, we keep in our prayers, the People of Afghanistan

Lord, we lift up the people of Afghanistan to you right now. We pray that you would take hold of them and help them walk through this fearful time. Protect them under your wing and help them feel the comfort and peace that only comes from your powerful presence.

So many people who have called this place their home have been displaced because of this event. Remind them, Lord, that their true home is in Heaven with you. Give those who believe in you the courage to stand strong in their faith and be a strong witness for you. Also, be with those who do not believe in you – help them to see the peace in your followers and allow the Holy Spirit to stir in their hearts as they witness this.

Take care,

Erin Wynne

Acting Religious Education Coordinator

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge 2021

Congratulations to all those students who have entered their reading records and have completed the PRC 2021. By now all students and / or parents should have received their PRC login details. The date for entering your reading log into the website has been extended until 3rd September. Please contact me through the school email if you need assistance. 

Chess News:
Congratulations to the following five students who represented CTK in the Interschool Primary School Chess Semi Final. We await to see the results.

Cameron Yr 6

Eric Yr 5

Paul Yr 4

Caleb Yr 6

Joseph Yr 4

Sarah CookTeacher

Librarian LTST

Book Week is here!

Book Week is usually such an exciting time for the students and teachers at CTK. Rest assured we will be celebrating Book Week virtually in a number of ways. So find your favourite book, start thinking about some dress ups you can create from home - maybe waist up or even just a hat for your Friday zoom, and stay tuned for some great, fun literacy learning next week.

Year 1 Item

Year One is learning all about healthy habits and foods to give them energy for learning and playing. They learnt that eating a range of coloured foods from the rainbow can give lots of vitamins and minerals for our bodies. Check out their creative food rainbows they made at home, showing the range of coloured foods they like to eat to keep them healthy and strong. 

Captain's Chat

Welcome to Week 6 of online learning! CTK, we are so proud of all of you and so appreciative of how everybody is handling this situation. We both truly wish we could all come back to school. But if we all keep staying safe we think that we will all be back at school in no time.

Mary MacKillop Liturgy:

We know it was a few weeks ago, but we felt like we wanted to talk about the Mary MacKillop liturgy. Everyone who joined did a great job, we would like to thank all the Year 6 readers and the teachers who planned the wonderful zoom liturgy. It was a joy to see lots of the Christ the King families join us on Friday to celebrate Mary MacKillop's feast day which was on the following Sunday. 

Animal/Oodie day:

Last Friday, we celebrated another two weeks of online learning with an animal day. We wanted to do something different in Year 6, so we dressed up in our oodies and pajamas. We spent the whole day doing trivia in small groups, whilst this was very fun for us the rest of the school was wearing animal costumes and doing fun things in their classrooms as well. It seemed like a very fun day for everyone and we hope the whole school enjoyed.

Well that concludes another two weeks of Christ the King doing online learning. Though before we can finish, we have to congratulate the stars of the week: …Everyone has done such a great job so far and we both really appreciate all the families who have done so much, to support their children in this tough time. Hopefully, there is only another week or so of this lockdown and we can all come back to see each other. We can’t wait to see you all!

George and Mackenzie

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY - Date updated

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY / NEW DATE - Friday 29th October

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School Fee Query Contact email

Due to the confidential nature of School Fee enquiries please ensure that when contacting the school via email, you use the email address noted on your School Fee Statement: 

I can also be contacted during school hours by calling the school phone:  8846 2700.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Susan Ritchie

Senior Finance

Parish News

Community News

HillsBus Update

Transport for NSW has directed Hillsbus to operate Saturday timetables commencing on Monday 23 August 2021.Unfortunately, this means that school services will again not operate from Monday. We apologise for this inconvenience and will let you know once school services are reintroduced.Travellers are encouraged to plan their trips on or call 131500 for travel options.

We appreciate your assistance in getting this urgent message to parents and students.

Thomas Uthaug

Service Development Manager

School Notes

Parent Volunteers at CTK should visit the Parent Involvement page and complete the ‘Volunteer Form’ to be able to assist in any capacity as a volunteer within the school.
Parent Volunteers at CTK should visit the Parent Involvement page and complete the ‘Child Protection Training Module’ to be able to assist in any capacity as a volunteer within the school.
Click on title, go to Administration, print and complete the ‘Application for Extended Leave’ form to apply for student leave other than illness